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Flight Behavior

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Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media. As the community lines up to judge the woman and her miracle, Dellarobia confronts her family, her church, her town, and a larger world, in a flight toward truth that could undo all she has ever believed.

Flight Behavior takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time: climate change. With a deft and versatile empathy Kingsolver dissects the motives that drive denial and belief in a precarious world.

©2012 Barbara Kingsolver (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Mary 05-02-13
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    "Learned a lot about Monarchs"

    Barbara Kingsolver's narration was spot on. Very enjoyable listen. The story was captivating and I wish the Monarchs were truly wintering in here instead of Mexico.

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    Crystal Bluefield, VA, United States 04-27-13
    Crystal Bluefield, VA, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2016

    Avid Reader and Listener.... enjoy classics, poetry, memoir. Teach College English.

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    "Another Kingsolver classic"

    I listened to the audible edition of this book and love the way Kingsolver reads her own works. She is a master that holds the listener with "rapt attention." It is a real treat to hear her narrate.

    After reading two previous novels by Kingsolver, as well as two volumes of her essays and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, I feel that her writing portrays a depth of thinking and passion unlike many popular writers. Her ability to weave a story that contains an important message and realistic characters facing realistic circumstance is to be admired. As I’ve said before in other reviews, I do not always agree with Kingsolver’s position on certain political points but I admire the way she thinks. She brings intelligence and emotion into the perfect, most delicate balance and truly shows the sensibilities of a strong, loving woman, mother and wife.
    Flight Behavior kept me engaged from start to finish. The story of Dellarobia Turnbow honestly portrays a certain type of person who in one way doesn’t seem to be real but in the other is the woman who just lives right down the road here in southern Appalachia. Dellarobia’s complicated life and even more complicated family turmoil carries the story forward and has the reader cheering for her along the way but we are never sure until the end how Dellarobia is changed by the “miracle” she witnesses.
    I was sad to see the book end and sad, yet satisfied with the ending of the book. While I don’t agree 100 percent with all of Kingsolver’s ideologies, she communicates what she feels important in the most eloquent of ways through her well-written, emotional prose that carries the reader along the lines with a real purpose in her prose.

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    Prsilla 04-16-13
    Prsilla 04-16-13 Member Since 2016

    Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.

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    "ALMOST AS GOOD AS PRODIGAL SUMMER, ALMOST"

    This is top drawer literature -- by a young woman of our own times. I think the story was harder to craft than Prodigal Summer where the pieces fit together and are so wonderfully thought out; that book took me several listens to get -- and, well, that would be my desert island book if I needed one. This book was perhaps more ambitions; the elements were more difficult to deal with -- an hypothetical natural phenomenon, and a nearly hopeless family structure going back generations. A completely happy ending would have been phoney. The ending we get is plenty good.

    I love Kingsolver's use of words and her own reading which gets the accent of her own people, even as she is educated and speaks standard English. Even if she didn't get the accent of the doctor very well, she did okay, and it would be a shame to let an actor try to read her Appalachian characters. As I listened, I wondered how many edits that took and imagined her choosing the exact words. The writing is a treat with exquisite descriptions and situations.

    I wanted to cry when Dellarobbia and Cub were Christmas shopping in the dollar store and also having a fight. They kept picking up possible gifts for their precious children, and everything they could remotely afford was inadequate trash. Anybody who doesn't know about poverty might get a feel for it here. It seemed that their whole lives were "You can't get there from here!" All the characters seem trapped by poor choices in the past. I wondered if Dellarobbia was going to fall for Ovid, make a fool of herself, etc. But I recently had a similar experience with a married man who was at a higher level and much more fortunate circumstances. I loved being with him and felt lifted by the new vistas he showed me in a perfectly innocent chat during a four-hour drive. I had not met such an interesting man in decades -- never mind that he went home to a wife! And that is how I believe Dellarobbia felt. Having Ovid's wife show up -- and to see what a pistol she is and how happy he is with her -- that put things in place. Developments toward the end show me what loving parents can do if they bend every prayer and effort to improve the lives of their kids if not their own. The story is quite pithy at family level with secrets coming out and people taking their stands. Several re-listens will only be a richer experience for all this.

    Oh, yeah, the book is full of butterflies and ecology and sheep farming. I almost fell out of my chair when mother-in-law Hester got out her niddy-noddy and was weighing and winding yarn! They dyed yarn, and Dellarobbia saved the life of a lovely black female lamb. Some listeners thought there was too much boring ecology preaching, but Prodigal Summer has a bit of that, and science is complicated. We used to ask my physician father questions at the dinner table; he always took a long time to answer because he knew the complications we couldn't imagine. I say let's let Kingsolver educate us a little while she's telling a great story. Let's not be knee-jerk with eyeliner like the awful TV anchor woman. But I begin to blather. Get the book!

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    Lila Sophia Boulder, CO, United States 04-07-13
    Lila Sophia Boulder, CO, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Intelligent and relevant fiction"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I do recommend this to friends! The issues are facing all of us, and Kingsolver wraps them in great writing and humor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story creates empathy for different perspectives on the pressing issues of climate change, and offers points of view that can easily be overlooked--i.e. if one lives close to the land in the South (or anywhere), what are the pressures that affect one's life as it relates to the environment, to education, to economics? I also found myself laughing aloud at her turn of a phrase and her ability to represent the variety of voices that make up a town, and a planet.


    What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed her characters, and felt she could bring nuance to their thinking and expression. She knows her subjects. She knows more about these characters and where they came from, and where they're headed than a 'professional' actor would.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate that Kingsolver is willing to invest her time and research into one of the most controversial issues of our times. That there remains uncertainty about the impact of climate change is unfathomable to me. The way she put the media in its place by the passionate scientist lampooning the superficiality of the interviewer was satisfying to me. The call to 'wake-up' was loud and clear. The story was engaging enough that her reason for writing it was not lost in the message--and I learned more about butterflies and the environment. Not to mention sheep, and the hope that we still may have to heed the wake up call and believe in the miracle of life.

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    Wendy 04-07-13
    Wendy 04-07-13

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    "Watching the flight...."

    I've not been a total Barbara Kingsolver fan... some of her books were amazing, and others lost me in the first chapter .... I did have to listen to the first part 3 times before I understood where she was headed, but after that I was hooked.
    This is a story of culture clashes, environmental issues, and the human condition. Dellarobia, an unlikely heroine, is a bright and articulate woman who is married to the dullard who fathered her children, and stuck in a life of second hand stores and family dysfunction. As she witnesses an environmental oddity, she is thrust into a world that has been hidden from her by her own fate.
    Kingslover weaves a great tale of values, yet some of the story lines get tied up in a hurried manner. Her narration is crisp, but the character voices are a bit beyond her range. That aside, the story is satisfying and enlightening on many levels.

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    Susan Laurel, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-04-13
    Susan Laurel, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Beautiful, enthralling book"
    If you could sum up Flight Behavior in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful! Everyday I looked forward to listening to this. Its a good story, beautifully written with some interesting science. I loved Barbara Kingsolver as a reader for this book. Her voice has great authenticity and always seemed on target.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well worth reading.

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    Seneca Baton Rouge, LA, United States 03-24-13
    Seneca Baton Rouge, LA, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2007
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    "One of the best author's narrations I've heard"
    What did you like best about Flight Behavior? What did you like least?

    The lightness and humor in the story. Liked least - the surprise attack of environmentalist "speech-ifying", that made the story seem as if it transitioned from a light and airy sailboat ride to being imprisoned on a stranded oil barge.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The professor's wife, because of the author's skill in describing a character so well that it seemed almost as if she could have walked off the page into real life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Dinner with the professor.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, but only if the preaching were excised in its entirety. If an author feels that she has a good story with a good message, why does she feel the need to pause and batter the reader with the message?


    Any additional comments?

    The author's reading of her work is better than most of the professional readers the audiobook companies employ.

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    Kristina North Hampton, NH, United States 03-22-13
    Kristina North Hampton, NH, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Captures life's internal and external struggles"
    What made the experience of listening to Flight Behavior the most enjoyable?

    I grew up near the area represented in this story, and could vividly picture real people in these characters' situations. The pace of the story was not too fast, not too slow, just as life in rural Tennessee can be.

    I appreciated that each character had flaws and strengths; this kept each of them important to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The central character, Dellarobia was my favorite character. She evoked sympathy as well as respect, as she managed her family and herself in a less than friendly situation.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Kingsolver – was your favorite?

    The author/narrator did a good job of making Cub seem to be the affable, immature, little boy inside a man's body. But she also made him likeable in her slow way of speaking his lines.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was definitely engaged in the story; I listen to audiobooks when I run, and wanting to hear the story helped motivate me to go out even on the cold, raw days!


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    toni Vero Beach, FL, United States 03-18-13
    toni Vero Beach, FL, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Best when read by author"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Flight Behavior to be better than the print version?

    Better might be difficult to discern. I might have read it with a Tennessee accent in my mind if reading, but Barbara wrote the words so the full intent of the phrasing came through beautifully.


    What other book might you compare Flight Behavior to and why?

    The Language of Flowers. The main characters in both books had troubling childhoods with little parental supervision hence they had to work much harder at making the relationships in their lives work.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Kingsolver – was your favorite?

    Hester was a favorite because her sarcasm gave her just the right piss and vinager to make her personal confession near the end seem real and sincere.


    Who was the most memorable character of Flight Behavior and why?

    Ovid was to me the figure who stood out. An educator, devoted to his "flocks of subjects" was so very dedicated to his work and wife that he never even noticed that he was the source of much adulation.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved having this book read to me by the author. I would love it if more authors has the voice to do it.

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    Julie A. Levin 03-06-13

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    "Kingsolver is so masterful"

    The writing is pitch perfect. The characters are so well painted. You can hear their voices. They are real - not villains or heroes, but people struggling to do their best, given their live's struggles. As always, Kingsolver weaves these individual perspectives against a backdrop of the social, environmental and political aspects of climate change - allowing us, through fiction to see the potential losses heading our way.

    In some ways, this is one of her sadder stories. But she brings hope into the picture as well, and a touch of redemption too.

    Normally, I'm wary when an author reads their own work, but she did an amazing job bringing her story and characters to life.

    Ultimately, a very satisfying listen!

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